SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

MRes in Finance and Management (2019 entry)

On-Campus Programme

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

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One calendar year (full-time) Two calendar years (part-time)

Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

Fees for 2019/20 entrants. This is a Band 4 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

Entry requirements

  • Subjects Preferred: Minimum first degree with good grades in any subject equivalent to a UK upper second class honours

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Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

The MRes in Finance and Management degree at SOAS is unique in two respects. First, it combines a broad based training in quantitative and qualitative research methods used in financial and management studies. Secondly, due to the research background of academics at SOAS and their regional expertise, the qualitative and quantitative research methods introduced can be applied in the context of developing and emerging economies.

The programme is suitable for students with a background of BA or BSc level who wish to progress to undertake a PhD, but who do not already hold a Masters level qualification. It is also suitable for students who want to improve their qualitative and quantitative research methods skills, and for those whose Masters level degree did not contain significant research methods components. 

In many cases, students will wish to join a PhD programme after successfully completing the MRes in Finance and Management.



Introducing Finance and Management
Gerhard Kling

Gerhard Kling, Professor of International Business and Management, provides an outline of the MRes in Finance and Management programme at SOAS University of London.

What does the programme involve?

The MRes in Finance and Management focuses on research methods used to analyse qualitative and quantitative data.

Students can take two optional modules in their area of interest including Corporate Finance or Risk Management.

What kind of students will the programme appeal to?

Most students want to acquire an understanding of advanced research methods before starting a PhD project.

What facilities are available?

Access to datasets through the SOAS library and additional resources from the AXA Global Finance Centre as well as ongoing research projects.

Can you recommend a good book to read on postgraduate Finance and Management?

Peter Kennedy's A Guide to Econometrics (Wiley-Blackwell, 6th edition, 2008) is a gentle read and a good start.

What do students do after graduating?

Most continue with a PhD project or work in research related areas, whilst some become part of consulting projects.


Students must take 180 credits. These are composed of 90 taught credits comprising core and optional modules and a 90 credit dissertation.

The MRes in Finance and Management has three components:

1. Four core modules
2. Two option modules
3. Dissertation of 20,000 words on an approved topic

The 20,000-word dissertation is worth 50% of your final mark. During term 2 you will submit your dissertation proposal and be allocated an academic supervisor. Over the ensuing months you should meet with your supervisor at least three times before the end of term 3 for guidance. The bulk of your dissertation will be written over the summer to meet the mid-September deadline.

Not all option modules are offered every year; please check your preferences with the Programme Convenor. Also note that where 15 credit modules are selected, these should be balanced between term 1 and term 2.

Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Analysing Qualitative and Quantitative Data 15PFMC084 15 Term 1
Theories in Modern Finance 15PFMC086 15 Term 2
Research Design and Epistemology 15PFMC085 15 Term 1
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods 15PFMC083 15 Term 2
  • PLUS choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the following:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Corporate governance 15PFMC069 15 Term 2
International Securities Regulation 15PFMC061 15 Term 1
Banking and capital markets 15PFMC056 15 Term 2
Risk management 15PFMC071 15 Term 1
Islamic banking and finance 15PFMC074 15 Term 1
Corporate finance 15PFMC070 15 Term 2


Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

All Masters programmes consist of 180 credits, made up of taught modules of 30 or 15 credits, taught over 10 or 20 weeks, and a dissertation of 60 credits. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study, including reading and research, preparing coursework, revising for examinations and so on. It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.

More information is on the page for each module.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 4 tuition fee.

Fees for 2019/20 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
12,445 20,835 £6,223 £10,418 £4,148 £6,945
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-02-07 16:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 16:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-02-20 16:00

Postgraduate SOAS Global Impact Award

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00

SOAS International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-02-28 00:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2019-03-14 16:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2019-02-20 16:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2019-06-05 16:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section


The School of Finance and Management (SFM) maintains close links with employers in the United Kingdom, and its focus regions. We expect that many of our graduates will move into higher education, research and development, manufacturing, banking, consulting, media, and other industries.

A Student's Perspective

I would recommend the MSc Finance and Financial Law programme at SOAS for those who are interested in both finance and financial law while also wish to compare the differences between jurisdictions. The programme is perfect for those who would like to pursue a career in relation to the emerging economies in the future.

Yiyi Li, China


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